Supplier Diversity Program

The City of Columbia Supplier Diversity Program works with local businesses in Columbia, Rocheport, Centralia, Hallsville, Ashland, and surrounding areas near Boone County, MO to assist Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) including minority and women-owned businesses in order to compete in government and private sector economic development and business entrepreneurship opportunities. The Supplier Diversity Program provides business resources and also manages the City of Columbia’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory, found at opens in a new For more information, contact James A. Whitt, Supplier Diversity Program Director, at or 573-441-5544.

Sharp End Entrepreneurial Development Fund
2021 Grant Program

The Spring SEED Grant Program will open for applicants on April 26th, 2021, at 8 am.

The Sharp End Entrepreneurial Development Fund is a not for profit organization that was organized in the State of Missouri to help minority and women-owned businesses to prosper and grow through awarding targeted grants for business assistance, start-up capital, and other critical business development and growth needs.

Grant Application Opening Date: April 26, 2021 @ 8am
Grant Closing Date: May 12, 2021 @ 5pm
SEED Grant Fund Pool: $20,000
Multiple Targeted Grants Will Be Awarded!

2021 SEED Grant Program

Minority Business Enterprise Meeting - May 4, 2021, 6pm via Zoom

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